Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that… it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking. – Derek Jarman
You read the word ‘sexuality’ in the title, and instantly you have a smirk on your face, and with a little annoyance, you think “what now” because you’re so tired of all the LGBTQ news crowding your news feed of late. Or perhaps it got the better of your curiosity, and you want to know what more could I possibly say about it?
Let me tell you – a lot. I personally hate labelling people based on who they are attracted to. But it is also important that we know the difference among the many kinds of sexual orientations. Because, though people’s sexuality isn’t all that is there to them, it IS an important part of what and who they are!
So you surely know about these:
1. Heterosexual – a person attracted to people of the other sex
Heterosexuals are males attracted to females and vice versa.
2. Homosexual – a person attracted to people of the same sex
We have gay people, as in males who are attracted to males, and lesbians – females who are attracted to females.
3. Bisexual – a person attracted to people from both his/her own sex and the opposite sex
Mind you, bisexuals aren’t hetero or homosexuals, they do stand on their own.
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But do you know about these:
4. Asexual – a person who doesn’t experience sexual attraction
5. Aromantic – a person who doesn’t feel any romantic attraction to people
6. Demisexual – a person who is only sexually attracted to a person s/he shares a deep emotional bond with
7. Sapiosexual – A person sexually attracted to intelligence
8. Greysexual – a person who is both asexual and sexual
9. Demiromantic – a person who feels romantic attraction only in the presence of an emotional bond
10. Polysexual – a person who can be sexually attracted to some varieties of gender, but not all
11. Pansexual – a person who is sexually and romantically attracted to people from all the genders
12. Gender Fluid – a person who can identify as being both male and female
13. Skoliosexual – a person who is sexually attracted to gender fluid people
14. Androsexual – a person who is sexually attracted to men
A person can be heterosexual, or homosexual to be an androsexual. It is based on the gender they are attracted to, rather than their own.
15. Gynesexual – a person who is sexually attracted to women
Similarly as androsexual, both lesbians and straight people can be gynesexual.
16. Lithoromantic – a person who is capable of feeling romantic attraction but doesn’t want it reciprocated
Turns out in a world of supposedly black and white, there are many colours to the rainbow! 🙂